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SBD Global/August 15, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published August 15, 2013
CRICKET NAMES: Cricketer DARREN STEVENS "has admitted to being one of nine people charged with corruption offences relating to this year's Bangladesh Premier League." Stevens played for the Dhaka Gladiators, "the franchise which has been at the centre of an investigation into an alleged match-fixing ring." He faces a worldwide ban of "up to five years if found guilty" (London TELEGRAPH, 8/14). ... Pakistani cricketer SHAHID AFRIDI Wednesday "demanded that the producers of a film about a boy emulating his rise to stardom cut an 'obscene' scene which he fears could damage his image." Afridi, who hails from Pakistan's deeply conservative tribal district of Khyber on the Afghan border, "was furious at a scene in which the hero hugs and kisses a girl in a nightclub." Afridi, 33, said, "I had given permission for the film with an aim to give kids some positive healthy entertainment, to divert their minds towards cricket and it should not have obscene things" (AFP, 8/14). ... Pakistan cricketer MOHAMMAD ASIF on Wednesday "publicly confessed about his role in the 2010 Lord's Test spot-fixing scandal and tendered an unconditional apology to his countrymen for his actions." Nearly three years after he was handed a seven-year ban by the Int'l Cricket Council from any form of cricket, the 30-year-old "admitted to his guilt for the first time." Asif: "I apologize for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country, to the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world" (PTI, 8/14).
FOOTBALL NAMES: Former Argentine footballer ALBERTO CASTRONOVO died Tuesday in Cali, Colombia at the age of 79. Castronovo played professionally in both Argentina and Colombia, scoring 14 goals in 322 career games (AP, 8/13). ... LIONEL MESSI now has an account on Instagram. Messi has "added the photo-sharing account to his accounts on Facebook, Webchat and Weibo, a Chinese-language site similar to Twitter." Messi's first post is a video of his recent meeting with POPE FRANCIS (SPORT, 8/14).... EPL Stoke City striker CAMERON JEROME has been fined £50,000 ($77,650) "after he admitted breaching" FA betting rules. The 27-year-old "was also warned as to his future conduct after admitting repeat breaches of the regulations." He "has the right to appeal" (PA, 8/14). ... Spanish Olympic swimmer MIREIA BELMONTE will be "the spectator of honor" at Sunday's La Liga contest between Barcelona and Levante at Camp Nou (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 8/14).